The small mountain village of Murren is within the Bernese Oberland, residence to a number of the oldest established ski resorts in Switzerland. It’s a part of the Jungfrau Ski Area sharing the carry system and pistes of Wengen and Grindelwald, and its highest snowboarding level is on the summit of the Schilthorn mountain at 2970 metres. There are 4 linked ski areas above the village; Schiltgrat (the most important), Maulerhubel and Allmendhubel. Birg, the very best, is instantly under the Schilthorn.
Set at an altitude of 1,638 metres Murren is among the highest and most impressively sited villages in Switzerland, accessed principally by cable automobile from Stechelberg on the finish of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Precariously cliff-hanging on a mountain shelf it gives unrivalled views over the Jungfrau massif. It’s a remarkably fairly, car-free cluster of previous picket chalets and 19th century resorts surrounded by wonderful Alpine pastures. Murren owes its prominence as one of many world’s most historic ski resorts largely to the British who first ‘colonised’ it within the late 19th century, and popularised it within the early 20th. Successfully it’s the alma mater of downhill ski racing, a sport that was successfully based and promoted by the author and alpinist Sir Arnold Lunn within the 1920s.
It’s best suited to eager skiers with a way of custom, drawn by its repute as one of many cradles of Alpine snowboarding. It’s unlikely to attraction to skiers on the lookout for wild après-ski and a riotous nightlife.
Murren’s ski space offers 54km of piste and 12 lifts.
The broader Jungfrau area, offering entry to the slopes throughout the Lauterbrunnen Valley, gives a complete of 213km and 44 lifts. The terrain is categorised by problem as follows: 33% blue (novice), 49% crimson (intermediate), and 18% black (superior).
Specialists must be satisfactorily challenged by the off piste potential from Schiltgrat and Birg, and there are robust ungroomed mogul runs in the identical space. Then there’s the infamous slim ‘Kanonenrohr’ (gun barrel or cannon roar) under the Engetal lifts, typically the scene of inclined and winded skiers starring dizzily on the sky. It’s best approached tentatively and with most consciousness of different skiers and boarders in shut proximity.
Intermediates are higher served in Wengen, the place there are reassuringly huge cruising runs.
There are nursery slopes at Allmendhubel, however absolute freshmen is perhaps suggested to strive elsewhere.
Why Go There?
The problem: The run down from the Schilthorn, greater than 1300 metres vertical of relentlessly jaw-dropping surroundings and contrasting terrain is the explanation many skiers of all requirements swear by Murren and return yr after yr. It is usually in predominant half the course of The Inferno, the world’s oldest, longest, and largest beginner ski race with as much as 1900 members leaving the starter’s tent at 12-second intervals. Relying on the snow situations it may be any size from 10 to 17 km. Based by Sir Arnold Lunn in 1928 it’s a cruel succession of rock-lined gun barrels (as within the Kanonenrohr), 180-degree bends, and lung bursting climbs. You’d must be insane to do it, a reality evidenced by the variety of racers dressed as gorillas and bananas.
Proximity: Murren is eminently walkable – roughly 1km from finish to finish – and a lot of the mountain is inside straightforward attain, that means that skiers can simply return to the village to satisfy non-skiing family and friends for lunch.
To flee from the throng: Cynics would possibly say simply flip up for après-ski and also you’ll have loads of peace and quiet, however it’s true to say that on the mountain there are not often queues of any size wherever. Skiers and non-skiers alike is perhaps properly suggested to spend at the very least someday away from the slopes in Bern, Switzerland’s capital and one of the vital enchanting medieval cities on the earth. A Swiss Journey Move covers the practice journey and a ship journey from Interlaken to Thun, then on by rail. It’s troublesome to explain Bern in short, however one function stands out particularly. There are 7km of coated 15th century arcades often known as ‘Lauben’ fronting the previous city’s baroque sandstone buildings making it the oldest and longest coated purchasing promenade in Europe. Actually, it is perhaps mentioned to be the precursor of the fashionable shopping center.
The X Issue: Piz Gloria Revolving restaurant residence to Bond World
Murren has a prized crown within the type of an iconic revolving restaurant known as Piz Gloria on the summit of the Schilthorn. The landmark constructing has earned lasting fame because the mountain eyrie of the villainous Blofeld within the 1969 Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and it revolves as soon as an hour offering a continuously altering vista of 200 peaks together with the Jungfrau, the Monch, and the Eiger. The meals is surprisingly good worth (even by Swiss requirements) and there’s a everlasting interactive Bond exhibition beneath the eating space. Amazingly, it’s free, and guests may even fly in a helicopter simulator recreating the aerial assault on the constructing on the finish of the movie. Alternatively you possibly can simply strive your hand at throwing Bond’s trilby on to the coat stand in Miss Moneypenny’s workplace.
Again within the village, the preferred bars (they don’t have a lot competitors) are the Stagerstubli (the place the locals go – at all times signal) and the Tachi within the Lodge Eiger which has a glass panelled and absolutely ventilated smoking room and a repute for staying open later than another bar within the village.
The four star Lodge Eiger is the most effective recognized resort within the village, and has been run by 4 generations of the identical household since 1892 (costs from CHF 290 per couple per evening in a normal room inc. breakfast). On the different finish of the resort the Lodge Alpenruh has marginally the higher view, if not fairly the identical conventional atmosphere. Costs from CHF 170 per couple per evening.
Learn how to Get There
Fly to Bern with Skyworks, transfers are 1 hour 50 minutes by rail.